Men’s volleyball falls to Pepperdine in straight sets

first_imgOn Saturday night, men’s volleyball ended its road trip with a visit up Highway 1 to Pepperdine. In their first match of the year in late January, the Trojans upset the No. 8 Waves at the Galen Center 3-2. Two months later, they were looking for similar magic on the road to keep their postseason hopes alive.The now-No. 6 Waves fought off the Trojan onslaught to win in straight sets (31-29, 25-22, 25-23) and tie the season series at one apiece.  The Waves improved to 12-7 overall and 11-7 in the MPSF and secured a MPSF Tourney bid over the weekend.  They currently sit in fifth place in the MPSF, three games behind No. 4 Long Beach State and one ahead of No. 7 UC Santa Barbara.On Saturday, Pepperdine was playing to secure that fifth seed in the MPSF while 10th-place USC (4-14, 6-16 MPSF) was fighting toward that elusive eighth seed.  Hence, both teams played all-in from the first point.The first set was gut-wrenching through all 62 points. USC took its largest lead at 21-17, and Pepperdine took its only 2-point lead to win 31-29. There were eight lead changes and 26 ties. Pepperdine took the set by winning 3 points in a row off USC errors — the only 3-point run in the game.Errors continued to be a problem for the Trojans. They suffered 18 errors from the service line and nailed only two aces. Their attacking came together nicely, though. As a team, they hit .356. Junior outside hitter Lucas Yoder hit .500 with 19 kills. Senior middle blocker Tommy Leonard, who did not play in Thursday’s match at Stanford, hit .714 with 5 kills plus an ace and a block.Pepperdine was sharp offensively, too. The Waves hit .381 and served five aces. Redshirt senior opposite Matt Tarantino hit .462 with 15 kills and 3 aces. The Waves only tallied four blocks as redshirt senior middle blocker Tommy Carmody had a quiet night, but USC only tallied 6.5.After USC fell behind 14-9, head coach Jeff Nygaard took a timeout, and whatever he said worked. The Trojans 9-5 run after the timeout brought their deficit to just one point. However, a service error by senior middle blocker Tommy Leonard backed up by an ace from Pepperdine’s Matt Tarantino put the set out of USC’s reach.In set three, the two teams came out nose-to-nose once again. Finally, USC broke the game open with a 3-0 run to take an 18-14 lead. They traded points with the Waves until they had a 23-20 lead, and the set looked to be theirs. However, Pepperdine ended the match on a 5-0 run which included two Tarantino kills and three USC attack errors.It was an abrupt end to an intense match that went the way of the favorites. In the box score, this one will go down as a three-setter with no big surprises, but the match felt a lot closer.USC has four matches left this season. Next up, their final two home games will be against UC San Diego on April 2 and UC Irvine on April 3.last_img read more

Reports:Wenger approaches Dutch FA over Netherlands job

first_img Source: FOX Sports presenter Jan Joost van Gangelen came out with an extraordinary rumour on Monday night. Arsene Wenger has reportedly put himself forward as a candidate to be the new Netherlands head coach.Barcelona are set to confirm Ronald Koeman as their new head coach, leaving the KNVB in need of a new national team boss.The vacancy was discussed on Fox Sports before their coverage of the Europa League semi-final between Internazionale and Shakhtar Donetsk.Jan Joost van Gangele revealed, “It seems that Arsène Wenger has offered himself to the KNVB.”Analyst Arnold Bruggink responded, I think that would be really cool,”The 70-year-old Frenchman is currently working with FIFA and as an analyst on TV. He was head coach of Arsenal for 22 years before leaving in 2018.Frank de Boer, Peter Bosz, Mark van Bommel and Henk ten Cate are some of the other names being linked with the position.last_img read more


first_imgA Taste of Donegal’ Food Festival is now in it’s third year and has been a growing success story.This year the festival on August 26th, 27th and 28th will be bigger and better than ever with more space, more exhibitors and hopefully, even more visitors. Set against the backdrop of Donegal Town Harbour thousands of people will come along to enjoy the food, drink and atmosphere of this popular event.Exhibitors always delight with their displays and tastings. The programme of events includes celebrity chef demonstrations, cookery demonstrations, children’s cookery demonstrations and entertainment.A host of top chefs including our own Conrad Gallagher will be there for this superb weekend.Here’s this year’s timetable: August 26th4.00pmFestival opensFood & Drink Exhibitors selling produce with tastings7.00pmOfficial Opening by Senator David MorrisMusic by Barbara EdwardsM.C. for the evening Noel Cunningham Advertisement 8.00pmCookery Demonstration by Celebrity Chef Conrad Gallagher (Salon des Saveurs)9.15pmDicey Reilly’sWorld Beer Tasting Dean Me Guinness (NewsTalk)10.00pmShort fireworks display over Donegal Bay by Pains Fireworks11.00pmFestival closesAUGUST 27TH11.00amFestival opens12.30pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity ChefConrad Gallagher (Salon Des Saveurs) and rising star Gary O’Hanlon (Viewmount House)2.00pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity ChefNeven Maguire (McNean House)3.15pmWine appreciation and tasting by Richard Finney (The Wine Buff)4.00pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity Chef Kevin Dundon sponsored by Kavanaghs Supervalu, Donegal5.00pmCookery demonstration by local award winning Chef Anthony Armstrong6.00pmEntertainment by the Donegal Abbey Singers7.00pmFestival closesAUGUST 28TH11.00amFestival opensmiddayCookery demonstration by Brian McDermott (Community Chef)1.00pmCookery demonstration by Maura Dufficey (An Bord Bia)2.00pmCookery demonstration by Joe Shannon (Radisson Blu Sligo) assisted by Margaret Carr Flynn (Ocean FM)3.00pmWine appreciation & tasting by Charles Searson (Pauls Off Licence/ Searson’s Wine Merchants)3.45pmCookery demonstration by Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio (Ballyknocken House and Cookery School)4.45pmCompetition Winners announced and Presentation of Awards5.15pmCookery demonstration by local award winning Chef Anthony Armstrong (Donegal Cookery School)6.00pmFestival closesDDTV: A TASTE OF DONEGAL FOOD FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED was last modified: July 29th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:a taste of donegal food festivalDonegal Townlast_img read more